New Book: Pro-Life Movement Won’t Stop Abortion Without Leadership, Unity

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 5, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

New Book: Pro-Life Movement Won’t Stop Abortion Without Leadership, Unity

by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 5
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — The president of Indiana Right to Life has written a new book that describes what the pro-life movement must do to stay viable in the coming decade and to stop abortion. Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter today announced the release of "Viability: What the Pro-Life Movement Must Do to Survive and Thrive."

Fichter’s book explores the status of the pro-life movement as it enters its fifth decade in the United States.

A leader in the pro-life movement for more than 25 years at college, local and state levels, Fichter draws from years of observation and experience when he asserts in his book that the pro-life movement must renew strategic efforts to build toward long-term viability in the wake of extreme challenges posed by the Obama Administration and Democratic leaders in Congress.

He told he hopes the book "is a conversation starter and catalyst for growth in the movement" because the pro-life community "can’t plod through a new decade doing business as usual."
Comparing current life movement challenges to those faced by Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery when it reached the Bitterroot Mountains on today’s Montana-Idaho border, Fichter calls these challenges a "gut check" for the entire movement.

"My purpose in writing this book is to issue a challenge to pro-life leaders nationwide to begin taking seriously our need to strategically plan to stay in this fight to the finish," Fichter told today.

"At the top of the list is our need to recruit and develop a new generation of leaders who will carry the baton of the movement for decades to come," Fichter says.

"We must also develop stronger unity in the ranks, utilize creative means for making our message relevant to a wired generation, and start taking hard stock of political realities that threaten to dismantle every gain the pro-life movement has achieved since 1973," he adds.

Fichter says one of the biggest hurdles the pro-life movement faces is itself.

"We’ve got be willing to face the truth about the long-term preparedness of the life movement, and we’ve got to do it now. This means leaving our pride at the door, putting aside personality differences, and dropping the little games we play to replace organizational effectiveness with organizational control," he said.

"With very few and highly successful exceptions, the life movement relies upon a small pool of leaders who do it all. That’s an impossible burden and a recipe for extinction," he laments.

For Fichter,unity within the pro-life movement is a huge issue.

"I am tempted to say that the life movement is the most splintered movement of its kind in the world. Everyone is doing his or her own thing. Some groups spend more time griping about what others in the life movement are doing wrong than they do about the organizations that take human life," he says.

In his book Fichter also segments the pro-life movement into five distinct decades: The education decade (1970s), the activist decade (1980s), the political decade (1990s), the strategic decade (2000s) and the viability decade — beginning this year.

All proceeds from the book’s sale will benefit the Indiana Right to Life Education Trust Fund’s strategic initiative to form a national foundation dedicated to strengthening and energizing the pro-life movement nationwide.

"Viability: What the Pro-Life Movement Must Do to Survive and Thrive" was published by Viability Publishing and is available exclusively online at

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